June is International Men’s Health month!

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The goal of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness of male health issues on a global level and encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Men’s Health Facts [1]

  • 12.1% of men 18 years and over are in fair or in poor health (2012)
  • 20.9% of men 18 years and over who currently smoke cigarettes (2011-2013)
  • 34.6% of men 18 years and over who are obese (2009-2012)
  • 31.6% of men 18 years and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication) (2009-2012)
  • Leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer and accidents (unintentional).

Tips & Tricks for Men [2]

  • Health numbers you should watch: body mass index/weight, waistline, blood pressure, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose.
  • Know your family health history: your genes can influence your risk of developing some forms of illnesses or diseases.
  • Move: if you are not already going some form of exercise, start small and work up to 20-30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 2-3 days a week.
  • Sleep well: make sure you get enough sleep as your sleeping habits have an influence on your metabolism, your capacity to fight infections and cope with stress.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Drink water instead of beverages that contain a lot of sugar like soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks and shakes.
  • Manage your stress: Long-term stress can be a factor in the onset or worsening of ill health. Manage your stress by practicing a sport, seeing a movie or hanging out with friends.
  • Don’t smoke: if you smoke, take steps to stop! Compared to non-smokers, smokers are about 20 times more likely to develop lung cancer.

Resources:

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mens-health.htm

[2] http://ca.movember.com/mens-health/resources/

[3] http://www.menshealthmonth.org/thingstodo.html

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HealthyMen/

http://www.menshealthnetwork.org

This information is not to be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please talk to your health care provider for anything related to your health including but not limited to diagnosis, treatment advice and/or care. Always seek the advice of a health care professional. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. If you are in the United States and are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or call for emergency medical help on the nearest telephone.